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Consider Agreement with U.S. Geological Survey for Mississippi River Streamgage
Sarah Greene, Administrative Assistant II
Staff requests City Council approval of the attached Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for ongoing annual maintenance costs associated with a Mississippi River streamgage for water resource investigations.
The City of Champlin approached neighboring cities with frontage along the Mississippi River regarding the potential installation of a streamgage. City staff discussed the proposed process and allocation of funds required with City Council at its June 6, 2017 work session, summarizing a presentation by James Fallon with USGS. Mr. Fallon noted the importance of having a gage for recreational pool communities, not only for flood prediction, but also for potential water use regulations.
At its cost, USGS would install the proposed gage on a bridge to measure stage, discharge and velocity, thus allowing the ability for the National Weather Service to make flood predictions. The City of Champlin prepared a potential funding scenario based on river frontage using GIS, estimating Coon Rapids' annual cost to be $5,000. Actual costs decreased as additional cities joined the program, detailed in the attached agreement. The Joint Funding Agreement with USGS outlines the annual costs for the operations and maintenance of the streamgage to be placed in Champlin from August 1, 2017 through September 30, 2021.
It is anticipated that the City will invoice Anoka County for 25% of each annual invoice, based on the lineal footage of County parkland in Coon Rapids with frontage along the Mississippi River (5,300 of 21,200 LF). Discussions have been conducted with County staff on they have verbal agreed to this funding split. City staff is currently working on formalizing that agreement for the term of this contract with USGS.
Staff recommends City Council approve the five-year Joint Funding Agreement for water resource investigations with the U.S. Geological Survey, and authorize annual maintenance costs totaling $16,724.00 of which $4,181.00 will be reimbursed by Anoka County.
Funding for the maintenance costs associated with this agreement would come from the Stormwater Utility Fund (640).
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